Recent 25 Comments by Nilanjan Das


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Commented on 22 Apr 2013 09:49:43

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Image by : Chintan Patel

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Very nice Chintan, appreciate your thoughts so much. Plz see in the home page where Ganesh has posted an image of a sculpture, it is an abstract deconstruction, just like yours and we are expecting everyone to do the construction in the mind or in imagination to complete the image in his or her own way. Would appreciate your thoughts, Samyak would love to have your thoughts on that thread too. Thanks again Chintan :-)

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Commented on 21 Apr 2013 21:46:37

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Image by : Chintan Patel

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I am actually very intrigued by the caption of the image Chintan. It would be great to know why you decided to caption this image as A Dancing Lady ? Any interpretation in support ?

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Commented on 19 Apr 2013 20:16:57

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Image by : AratiRao

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Hmmm, I must say am very touched. One would fail to understand this concept only by looking at the image visually. I did not know about Wabi-Sabi, but I always felt that an Indian Perspective is needed. My art, my understanding or expressions can not be dominated by the Western Outlook as my culture and history does not match theirs. I got very excited to see this Japanese concept which is just opposite to the mind set of the Western World which hardly defines us...I would specially want everyone to read these few lines " Emerging in the 15th century as a reaction to the prevailing aesthetic of lavishness, ornamentation, and rich materials, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in earthiness, of revering authenticity above all. In Japan, the concept is now so deeply ingrained that it’s difficult to explain to Westerners " and also this part...." Broadly, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It’s flea markets, not shopping malls; aged wood, not swank floor coverings; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly." I think while discussing Henry Cartier in Arati's thread we discussed having an Indian perspective. A few of us thought how could we visually transform an image to an Indian Perspective. I remember someone suggesting that in order to bring in more of Indian perspective would be to be include temple bells, monks, prayer flags etc. But here one needs to realize and understand that an Indian Perspective is not a visual parameter, the temple bells or monks and prayer flags can be photographed by a westerner too, even without much connection in the mind. What will it prove ? Absolutely nothing. Like this Japanese idea of Wabi Sabi, the Indian Perspective too needs to be something conceptual. It begins a journey from the point of abandonment. This concept so strongly resides along the concepts of Buddhism. Thanks Arati....

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Commented on 13 Apr 2013 21:53:33

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Image by : Debiprakash Dass

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Undoubtedly one of the best tiger images that I have seen. I can not actually remember the one which comes close to it actually :-). You understood the character very well Subrata. This image tells about the other story of the tiger, the shy one, just the head being visible in that lovely to die for background has helped immensely. Very neat processing and exquisite seeing. Let's down a few pints to celebrate this one.....am sure reading about pints Abhisek is already jumping :-).

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Commented on 08 Apr 2013 21:36:39

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Image by : AratiRao

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My favorite is " Memories "....:-). I was trying to be very honest with my mind here Arati. I found some of the images to be so contemporary, the trails for example. Not at all easy. It does not really matter finally how others see it. I think attempting to make images like these will make a more deeper connection with life.

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Commented on 08 Apr 2013 21:21:17

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Image by : AratiRao

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Arati keep going, these are some very fresh ideas and contemporary in nature. Am loving the entire set dear :-). Good good....

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Commented on 08 Apr 2013 10:02:56

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Image by : nevilzaveri

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You recited their journey Nevil :-).

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Commented on 07 Apr 2013 19:51:10

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Image by : rahultailor

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Lovely balance in this image. The way I see this....the red works well to show the presence of life ( green would have worked too ) and the right side of the frame lacking color or a subject creates a perfect balance for me. Even if am not interpreting, this is a clean and beautiful frame. Well seen.... I do not mind the borders at all, in fact it is working rather well.

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Commented on 07 Apr 2013 19:43:04

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Image by : Ganesh H Shankar

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The demo cranes while coming back from Khadir, right ?? I remember this image....

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Commented on 06 Apr 2013 22:40:36

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Image by : rahultailor

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I think a square crop would enhance this image further, a black and white processing too may look good.

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Commented on 06 Apr 2013 22:38:15

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Image by : Mahesh Devarajan

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Fine frame here Mahesh. Yes the title is apt and usually I do not like the copyright thing in the image but the way you have written then on the right top too is looking good. Image describes the title very nicely.

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Commented on 02 Apr 2013 21:17:48

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Image by : jayesh joshi

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Jayesh, so you witnessed the migration of the tigers :-). I saw this once in Simplipal National Park in Orissa, just thousands and thousands of them. Getting back to the image, I like the right part of the frame with the tigers against the green trees in the background. Somehow the left part of the frame is not working for me. I think the key here was to somehow find an open space and try and make an image which could be cropped for a very good composition. You had the moment dear :-). Even a square crop with the trees in the background and the butterflies moving in from all directions would have worked very well. We often face situations in nature when we are caught between the moment and a spot which does not work so well. I can well imagine your choice for a wider lens to include as many butterflies as possible, but probably I would have selected not a very wide one here. That would have forced me to move away from the sheer number of the butterflies but could have offered a much better composition. What do you think ? At times our choices look so limited... :-). We see this moment around June here in Eastern India, when did you make this image ?

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Commented on 02 Apr 2013 20:59:40

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Image by : dinesh.ramarao

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RD, what about enhancing the darker tones of the foreground so that the eyes can concentrate more on the cranes and also making the tones of the background lighter ? I like the posture of the cranes specially the overlap but I guess the processing can be done to make it more interesting. what do u think ?

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Commented on 02 Apr 2013 20:44:59

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Image by : rahultailor

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Nice, but a little too direct. The shrinking of nature aspect just needs a little more impact visually I guess. Man needs more space and hence settlements are expanding etc all can be understood from this image, all am suggesting is how can we enhance the impact value ? I mean the image should not raise the question where do humans go ? See the concept from a common man's point of view who is struggling to meet ends in a city or even a small village. He would hardly be sensitized if you show this image and say human settlements are taking up nature's space. He might tell you " So What " ? Nature can survive in it's own space...you understand what am saying ? Now think of creating an image which will stop that person from saying that " So what " . :-).

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Commented on 02 Apr 2013 20:29:50

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Image by : ramesh_adkoli

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Ramesh this has the right balance. One of your very best that I have seen in CNP. Simply loved the way you chose to separate the tones and portray the subjects. Only a mind with NO CLARITY would ask for more clarity of the subjects in the frame. Comical :-). One needs to be in nature to even know what is this. Anyway, to get back to some serious points, I feel what Arati has suggested too is interesting but I was also thinking what if the entire frame is with the lighter tones ? This separation works too. The tones have been well handled. See you in a month's time.

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Commented on 01 Apr 2013 20:19:49

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Image by : Abhisek Majumdar

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" I did test the focusing abilities of my camera with the cranes but honestly the outcomes were anything but exciting...." lol, am really enjoying your sense of humor Abhisek. Good one here. Now what am interestingly trying to understand here is what makes you think that throwing an in focus uninteresting image into defocus makes it interesting ? Am sure defocusing is not an eligibility criteria of images being accepted into CNP, or is it ? I understand a few situations when I considered a defocus, but there has to be many other such reasons and emotions when one considers throwing an image into defocus. One of them could be just purely visual, you have some images with the cranes in better positions and they appeared to be more interesting and appealing in terms of shape or shapelessness, the gradient of defocus as well as the impact or the x factor that it created. Nirlep has been making images for a few years more than many here and has the understanding that people do not make images keeping them in focus to test if their camera can focus or not. If the reason was that defocus would make it interesting and qualify the image for CNP then perhaps I too might disagree here. My expectations from you are much greater dear, in every way...you know that, right ?? Relax...

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Commented on 31 Mar 2013 23:00:50

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This is unusual and beautiful Vikas. It might not be great visually but I would love to say the same thing as Ganshi said, something is seriously attracting the mind. One going sideways and the other going upwards shows the dynamics in stillness. Very aptly put Nirlep...

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Commented on 31 Mar 2013 22:55:45

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Image by : Abhisek Majumdar

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Yes, reducing the whites and seeing a few cranes in focus would be nice. It was difficult to make an interesting image though as the light was harsh and the cranes rarely lifted their heads. I guess we need to visit Bharatpur in different seasons to make images of these cranes. Next time we are driving to Bharatpur and you would be my navigator...be ready :-) lol.

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Commented on 31 Mar 2013 20:08:44

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Image by : sriram janak

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Now this is wonderful...

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Commented on 31 Mar 2013 20:06:58

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Image by : AratiRao

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Arati, am seeing it on a large monitor now :-), nopes, no crab for me dear. Kha liya kya ? :-) Next time I won't b so late. I thought this was a bayblade ( lattu ) with strings and you placed them on the grass to convey some message. Hum to iye image dekh ke lattu ho gaye ji...lol....

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Commented on 29 Mar 2013 20:52:04

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Image by : AratiRao

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Initially I felt it was crack on the skin resembling the cracks of the ground as we can see in LRK or GRK. but then was not sure Arati. Hmmm, the endless and untiring journeys of a camels....those cracks so beautifully have shown it Arati. Wonderful image, somewhere in my mind I can so well relate to the toughness of the land and the footpads of the camels merging as one to narrate the story of a journey. Enjoyed it dear.

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Commented on 26 Mar 2013 23:11:04

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Image by : drpsrinivasan

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I guess the best time and reason for getting into hot air balloon would be to shoot the long shadows. In absence of that it just only remains as a perspective.

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Commented on 25 Mar 2013 21:35:03

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Image by : nirlep

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Not mythical appeal exactly Nirlep. It was like an inner vision which is often related to the third eye. A third eye is just a concept which relates to the ability of understanding something beyond it's presence. There was a story of peaceful existence in the image. An inner vision only could see that peace and such a vision which is usually not perceptible to the most can happen through the eyes which lead to inner vision and not the physical eyes. The red color helped as I visualized the green leaves as the normal eyes which is often seeing objects but the red colored leaf was imagined to be the third eye which led to understandings. Many elements in that image Nirlep. For me it was a filling experience.

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Commented on 24 Mar 2013 10:17:03

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Image by : nirlep

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I prefer the earlier one Nirlep which had a lot of food for thought. That one was indeed very subtle and a new vision.

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Commented on 24 Mar 2013 10:15:02

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Image by : Sacha Greenwood

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Not only this image represents the blend of colors and emotions of nature in a very balanced way but also portrays excellent photographic skill which is a must for this forum. Yes, very strongly represents the works of abstract artists who portray emotion through colors like Jackson Pollock. Wonderful work and as always unique.